Other Wines

Other Wines
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of fruit, usually grapes.  There are four broad categories:  table wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines, and fruit wines.  Table wines are the most common, and they're grouped by color--red, white, and blush, which is sometimes called rosé.  A red wine should be served at room temperature, and it goes well with hearty, meat-based dishes like steak and spaghetti.  White and blush wines should be served chilled, and they go best with lighter fare, like fish and chicken.  Many wines, called varietals, are named after the variety of grape used to make them.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir are popular red varietals, while Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Johannisberg Riesling are popular white ones.  In Europe, some wines, often blends of different varietals, are named after the place where the wine is produced, like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis, Rhine, and Rhône.  These European wines are often superb, but American wines that have borrowed these regional names, like California Chablis, are almost always mediocre.  If you're buying a domestic wine, it's often better to go with a varietal, like a California Cabernet Sauvigno
apéritif
apéritif
Apéritifs are alcoholic drinks that, like appetizers, are served before dinner to perk up the appetite and wake up the taste buds. Examples include fortified wines, herbal and bitter liqueurs, and sparkling wines. Europeans often prefer these over cocktails.
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aromatized wine
These are wines, like vermouth and retsina, that have been flavored, usually with herbs and spices.
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cooking wine
cooking wine
You should never cook with a wine you wouldn't drink, but some "cooking wines" sold at stores violate this maxim. Avoid them and instead cook with inexpensive, but drinkable, table wines. Avoid putting wine in aluminum or iron pans for prolonged periods.
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de-alcoholized wine
de-alcoholized wine
These aren't as flavorful as ordinary wine, but they're a good choice for people who want to drink wine without consuming alcohol. Sparkling wines are the most popular de-alcoholized wines, but other varieties are also available. Many brands contain small amounts of alcohol.
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Kosher wine
Kosher wine
This is wine that's been made in accordance with Rabbinical law. Most people think of them as syrupy-sweet screw-top wines made with Concord grapes, but some kosher wines are now being produced that are indistinguishable from quality non-kosher wines. Unless pasteurized, a wine can only remain kosher if it's poured by an observant Jew. Bottles of pasteurized wine sport the label "mevushal."
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table wine
table wine
Table wines are intended to be served with meals, and they're often classified by color: red, white or rosé.
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wine
wine
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of fruit, usually grapes. There are four broad categories: table wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines, and fruit wines. Table wines are the most common, and they're grouped by color--red, white, and blush, which is sometimes called rosé. A red wine should be served at room temperature, and it goes well with hearty, meat-based dishes like steak and spaghetti. White and blush wines should be served chilled, and they go best with lighter fare, like fish and chicken. Many wines, called varietals, are named after the variety of grape used to make them. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir are popular red varietals, while Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Johannisberg Riesling are popular white ones. In Europe, some wines, often blends of different varietals, are named after the place where the wine is produced, like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis, Rhine, and Rhône. These European wines are often superb, but American wines that have borrowed these regional names, like California Chablis, are almost always mediocre. If you're buying a domestic wine, it's often better to go with a varietal, like a California Cabernet Sauvigno
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